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Trump Claims ‘Identical Folks’ Who Attacked Israel Are Crossing US Border

Donald Trump has mentioned, with out offering proof, that the “similar folks that raided Israel are pouring” into the USA through “our completely open southern border,” and requested whether or not they might conduct an analogous assault.

The previous president, and 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner, made the remarks in a video posted on his Reality Social web site.

On October 7, Hamas militants launched an unprecedented mass assault into southern Israel from Gaza, killing 1,300 folks, predominantly civilians, and kidnapping scores extra. The Israelis have since hit again with an air and artillery bombardment, killing 1,900 folks, in response to authorities in Gaza. Israel has known as up 360,000 reservists, and its forces are massing alongside the Gaza border forward of an anticipated floor invasion.

In Trump’s Reality Social video, launched on Friday, the previous president mentioned: “The identical folks that raided Israel are pouring into our as soon as stunning USA by way of our completely open southern border at document numbers. These are the identical folks, lots of them, that did a quantity in Israel, a sneak assault.

“Identical folks we’ve pouring into our nation by the hundreds. Are they planning to assault inside our nation?” Trump added. “Crooked Joe Biden and his boss Barack Hussein Obama did this to us. We can’t let this occur. They could be planning one thing very very dangerous…individuals are pouring in from the Center East into our nation, largely males, sturdy younger males. What is going on on over right here? Are we going to be raided like Israel was raided?”

Trump didn’t present any proof to assist his suggestion that Hamas, or some other militant teams, are infiltrating the USA through Mexico and may very well be plotting an assault. Newsweek has contacted Trump utilizing the media enquiry kind on his official web site, asking if this info exists.

Politifact, a fact-checking web site run by the Poynter Institute for Media Research in St. Petersburg, Florida, rated Trump’s claims as “pants on hearth,” indicating it strongly believes them to be false. The web site mentioned: “Terrorism consultants instructed us that there isn’t any proof that Hamas, a terrorist group in Gaza, has militants crossing the Mexico-U.S. border, a lot much less in document numbers.”

Chatting with Politifact, David Bier, an immigration coverage professional who works on the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute primarily based in Washington, D.C., mentioned there isn’t any fact to Trump’s claims.

Bier added: “Folks aren’t crossing the border to conduct terrorist assaults or take over elements of the USA. A really small proportion might come to commit atypical crimes, like promoting medicine, however, overwhelmingly, they’re coming for financial alternative and freedom.”

Donald Trump speaks at Palm Seashore County Conference Middle in West Palm Seashore, Florida on October 11, 2023. The previous U.S. president and Republican presidential hopeful has mentioned, with out offering proof, that the “similar folks that raided Israel are pouring into our as soon as stunning USA by way of our completely open southern border.”
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In a press release launched earlier this week, the Division of Homeland Safety mentioned it doesn’t have “particular and credible intelligence indicating a menace to the USA at the moment stemming from the Hamas terrorist assaults in Israel.”

Throughout the 2023 fiscal 12 months, which ran till the tip of September, U.S. Customs and Border Safety detained 151 migrants on the FBI’s terrorism watchlist who had illegally crossed the southern border, a rise on 98 for 2022.

In a separate video posted to Reality Social on Friday, Trump mentioned: “I stored Israel secure, do not forget that. I stored Israel secure. No person else will, no one else can and I do know the entire gamers, they can not do it. However I stored Israel secure, and I’ll maintain Israel secure.”

Trump additionally expressed solidarity with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, generally recognized by the nickname ‘Bibi.’ The previous president wrote: “#IStandWithIsrael #IStandWithBibi.”

This marks a pointy reversal from feedback Trump made on Wednesday when the previous president mentioned he would always remember that Netanyahu “allow us to down” by making an attempt to take credit score for the killing of Qasem Soleimani. He was a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander who was assassinated by a U.S. drone in January 2020.

Trump has additionally mentioned that the assault on Israel would not have occurred had he been declared winner of the 2020 presidential election. Misspelling ‘stolen,’ he wrote: “THE ATTACK ON ISRAEL WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED, ZERO CHANCE, IF THE ELECTION OF 2020 WAS NOT RIGGED AND STOLLEN.”

The previous president’s claims of electoral fraud have been repeatedly rejected in court docket and by unbiased election consultants. Trump has been charged over claims that he broke the legislation trying to overturn the election end result each throughout the USA and within the state of Georgia particularly. He has pled not responsible to all counts and denies any wrongdoing.